Saturday, March 4, 2023
One of the most impressive things inside of the Jansen Art Center is the extraordinary Schimmel piano located in the Chamber Hall.
This grand piano fills the entire building with rich, resonant sound. We love when we get to showcase this outstanding instrument.
The Jansen Art Center is honored to welcome Deborah Dewey for a concert this Winter.
Deborah Dewey has earned international acclaim for her pianistic talent. Critics have noted the “sparkling passage work,” “warm operatic lyricism,” “thoughtful interpretation,” and “sense of dramatic urgency” in her playing. Praised for her sensitive musicianship and technical mastery, she won the KMS Resident Artist Competition, the William C Byrd Young Artist Competition, the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and the Northeastern United States MTNA Competition, in addition to numerous local and regional competitions throughout her years of study with Margaret Ott, Theodore Lettvin, Donald Currier and Charles Fisk. She was a finalist in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the University of Maryland International Piano Competition and the MTNA National Competition.
Ms Dewey has given countless solo recitals throughout the United States including Hawaii, and in London, Mexico City and Thailand. She was concerto soloist with the Oakland Symphony, Flint Symphony, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, Peter Britt Festival Orchestra, Sammamish Symphony, and Central Oregon Symphony, among others. She has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Methow Chamber Music Festival, the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music series and the Russian Chamber Music Foundation series. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio stations in Connecticut, Michigan, California and Washington. Recent four-hand recitals in Mexico City with Fernando García Torres, at both Palacio de Bellas Artes and Colegio de San Idelfonso, received effusive critical praise. She has given duo-recitals with Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir, Toby Saks, Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel, the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet and Charles Fisk. With pianist Lisa Bergman, she formed the celebrated four-hand duo, VENTIDITA, and with Bergman and Natalya Ageyeva, the dazzling six-hand trio THIRTYFINGERS, captivating audiences throughout Washington State.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Wellesley College, studying privately with Theodore Lettvin (New England Conservatory), and Charles Fisk, (Wellesley College). Upon graduation, she won the Billings Performance Award in Music and later, the Louise Barrett Fellowship for graduate study. She received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Yale School of Music, where she won the prestigious Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. Her piano instructor Donald Currier wrote: “It is my sincere and honest opinion that she could become one of the most distinguished pianists of her generation.”
Devoted to the development of young musicians, she has been on the piano faculties of the University of Washington, Whitworth University, the Cornish Institute and the Yale School of Music. She is currently in great demand as a private and master teacher, competition judge, lecturer, and performer and resides in Seattle, Washington.
Deborah is an avid cyclist and international traveler and plans to combine concertizing, travel, languages and cycling in an upcoming sabbatical year. She has two grown children, Nicholas and Natalie.
Thank you to our 2023 Season Sponsors:
Floyd and Dolores Jones Foundation
No tickets needed for this event, please join us!
Admission by donation.
March 4, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue: Chamber Hall
The Chamber Hall at the Jansen Art Center is located in the NW corner of the second floor: